GIVEAWAY: Obus x Take 3 For The Sea

With summer in full swing, we're outside and looking for ways to preserve the natural beauty of Australia's beaches, parks, and natural wonders! So today we launch a giveaway that helps keep our oceans clean and free of waste (and gives you a chance to take home your fave Obus piece on us!).

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Without a doubt, 2018 saw an increased focus on the volume of single-use plastics entering our oceans and waterways. And while we at Obus aim to do our part to create low-impact fashion and accessories, there's always more we can do to reduce pollutants and ensuring waste stays well clear of our waterways.

Take 3 is an Australian not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2009 by surfing enthusiast, Amanda Marechal, marine ecologist, Roberta Dixon-Valk and environmentalist, Tim Silverwood.

Their mission is to actively reduce the amount of plastic and human-made rubbish entering our oceans through a simple message: Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, park, creek, river… or anywhere you find yourself this summer.

As active beach-goers, we love Take 3's ethos and simple, practical message. So at the time of year when many of us are enjoying time at Australia's beautiful coastlines, creeks, rivers and parks, we thought we'd offer an extra incentive to encourage YOU to 'take three'!


How to enter:

1. Collect 3 (or more!) pieces of rubbish you've found while at the beach/park or other public space
2. Snap and share a photo to your Instagram or Facebook timeline and don't forget to use the hashtags #obustake3 and #take3forthesea (Instagram), or tag us and Take 3 (Facebook) so we can record your entry
3. Dispose of your found rubbish thoughtfully!

In addition to there being less rubbish polluting our environment, your post will inspire others to think about their impact and responsibility to our planet, and you'll go in the running to WIN a $250 Obus gift voucher. Win, win, win!

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants must follow all entry guidelines to be entered into the giveaway draw. 
  • One entry = one user post on Facebook & Instagram. 
  • Giveaway promotion ends 9/1/19.
  • Winner chosen at random from valid entries on 10/1/19 and contacted via social media by 12/1/19.
  • Prize cannot be returned or redeemed for cash. 
  • The competition is not endorsed by Facebook or Instagram.
December 31, 2018 by Obus Clothing

FUN STUFF: Obus wallpapers for your favourite device

As we celebrated our twentieth year, 2018 saw us create many new prints, and also some reenergised prints from our archives! To farewell the year, we've gathered your favourites of 2O18 and made them digital, so you can decorate your favourite device with a little bit of Obus.

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Scroll to your favourite print below, and click the link to download the file for your preferred device. Once the image loads, save it to your photos app, camera roll or desktop, and follow the steps you'd usually take to make any photo or image your device wallpaper.

Kicking off 2018 with our FOR THE LADIES collection, our beloved AERIAL print was reenergised in a new colour palette. Whimsical and wonderful, its distinctly abstract forms won over your hearts again.
Download AERIAL for phone
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Inspired by Kylie's travels through Japan and her interest in modern Ikebana, KADO was a clear favourite during winter's WAY OF FLOWERS collection, thanks to its emotive floral motif.
Download KADO for phone
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Celebrating the skill and mastery behind our original textile designs, TWO WORLDS was the clear winner amongst the LOVE OBUS: A MODERN HISTORY collection inspired by our print archives. A mashup of floral forms and strong stripes, its retro, sporty vibes really caught your eye.
Download TWO WORLDS for phone
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Download TWO WORLDS for desktop

Bringing it home for summer, the native coastal flora featured in our BEACHCOMBER print was the cornerstone of our BETWEEN WIND AND WATER collection, focusing our attention on all the local adventures that can be had at our doorstep.
Download BEACHCOMBER for phone
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Download BEACHCOMBER for desktop
December 31, 2018 by Obus Clothing

BEHIND THE SCENES: Festive frocks and ladies who rock!

Our store staff work extra hard this time of year bringing the cheer to your Obus visit. We spent a few minutes with these lovely ladies to find out what they are rockin' and loving this Christmas!

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Alter ego: I take photos, sew, craft and experiment baking vegan treats!
Fave festive tune: It’s gotta be something Michael Buble right?
Fave Xmas tradition: Probably Christmas crackers.. I think sitting around the dinner table, awkwardly sat next to a relative you perhaps don’t know that well, a Christmas cracker always helps to break the ice and everyone has a laugh!
Secret skill: Embroidery! I haven’t done much, but I seem to have a knack for it.
Shop Tori's outfit >>
Alter ego: Painter... Well, thinking about painting. Next year will be the year of exhibiting!!
Favourite festive tune: Little Drummer Boy by Boney M. (My mum would play their Christmas album every Christmas, it would drive my brothers and I crazy... Now I play it every year and I totally love it!! So does my daughter.)
Favourite xmas tradition: Having to come up with meaningful gifts that have a cash limit. I love it because it forces you to be creative and thoughtful...
Secret skill: I asked my daughter and she said "You're amazing and cool... ;). And I make a mean green curry !
Shop Dom's outfit >>

Alter ego: When I'm not at Obus I'm a full time student chipping away at a Bachelors degree in Youth Work, striving to do better at keeping my house plants alive and being a cat mum to my baby Rosco.
Favourite festive tune: All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey (of course)
Favourite xmas tradition: Watching Christmas movies such as Scrooged and Love Actually with my partner and/or housemates, eating pink zooper doopers and taking my niece, Isabella to see the Christmas lights up around my house in Princes Hill.
Secret skill: People always underestimate me in a game of Scrabble
Shop Nikki's outfit >>
Alter ego: When I'm not at Obus. I'm spending a little too much on going out for lunch and dinner and discovering new places to shop and have a wine! Still a newbie to Melbourne :)
Fave festive tune: I'm gonna have to be twins with Nikki and say All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey - it is such a good tune and also reminds me of that scene from Love Actually!
Fave christmas tradition: I always have brunch with my parents and open presents together in pajamas! Also, always having an Xmas arvo nap.
Secret skill: I can do a very clumsy back flip!
Shop Holly's outfit >>
December 15, 2018 by Obus Clothing

COMMUNITY: You give, we give to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre!

Gift-giving shouldn’t be stressful. So we have curated some stellar gift packs inspired by our Summer prints, ready to surprise the ace women in your life (or your Secret Santa pick!).

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Priced for every budget, they're ideal for teachers, carers, sisters, aunties, and anyone else who deserves a thanks, love ya, or special treat! And for every GIFT BOX purchased between 11-16 December, we’ll donate a gift box to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

The FAIR WINDS Gift Pack ~ $29
We have a friendly history with the ASRC, and we hope that the the women and teenage girls who use the ASRC's services will appreciate something a little special to brighten their day, thanks to you!
The LOW TIDE Gift Pack ~ $29
You can find out more about the ASRC here, and purchase our gift boxes throughout December here.
December 12, 2018 by Obus Clothing

PLAYLIST: The Merry Obus Playlist 2018

It's that heady time of year where there's a party each weekend and everyone is catching up with the folks they love. We've put together the definitive festive season soundtrack with the ultimate aim of over-populating your dance floor. If it doesn't make you wanna cut up a rug, then your heart ain't beating. 

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December 07, 2018 by Obus Clothing

STORE NEWS: Late night Christmas trading at Obus

As the days count down to Christmas, we're gearing up for some special events instore!

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By choosing to shop with a small business this Christmas, you're helping to support the local economy. So join us on one of our late night shopping events throughout December, and pair good tunes and a glass of bubbles with some gift shopping for yourself or someone special. There might even be a little something extra instore on the night to put a smile on your face!

Late night shopping nights at Obus:
Thursday 20th of December
Obus Northcote - High St Kris Kringle
285 High St, Northcote
Open 10am - 8pm 
Obus Market Brunswick East - Brunswick Shopping Night
136 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Open 12pm - 8pm
Obus City
Shop 5, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street
Open 10am - 8pm
Obus Fitzroy
226 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Open 10am - 7pm
Friday 21st of December
Obus City
Shop 5, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street
Open 10am - 8pm
Christmas Day 
Boxing Day 
Obus City
Shop 5, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street
Open 11am - 6pm
Northcote, Fitzroy and Obus Market Brunswick East CLOSED
Dec 27th-31st 
Northcote, City & Fitzroy open standard trading hours
Lygon Street CLOSED
New Year's Day 
Wednesday 2 January 2019
All stores except Lygon St resume standard trading hours on Wednesday 2 January.
Lygon St, Brunswick East will re open on the 3rd Jan 





December 03, 2018 by Obus Clothing

GIVEAWAY: Win daily prizes during our Festival of Giving on Instagram & Facebook

We’re sending out the good vibes this festive season with a daily giveaway bonanza we're calling the FESTIVAL OF GIVING! 

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Yep, in the lead-up to Christmas 2018, we're playing Santa and giving you the gifts early! Clothes, swimwear, shoes, accessories, gift vouchers and some other special surprises are up for grabs each day on Facebook and Instagram. Follow along and check back daily for a new giveaway!

Terms & Conditions

Here's the giveaway fine print you need to know!

  • Check each giveaway post to ensure you follow the entry guidelines, as guidelines may differ per prize offered. 
  • A new prize will be offered each day between 1-12 December with winners drawn daily (combining entries on both social platforms), and notified by direct message and on the original social post. 
  • Some prize styles/sizes may be subject to availability.
  • You can enter once per giveaway on Instagram and Facebook, unless a guideline for entry says otherwise. Increase your chances of winning multiple prizes by entering each daily giveaway on both platforms!
  • Each prize is valued at the RRP of the prize item/s. Prizes cannot be returned or redeemed for cash. Some prizes may not be able to be posted internationally. The Festival of Giving promotion ends on 12/12/18. 
  • The competition is not endorsed by Facebook or Instagram.

Good luck!

November 30, 2018 by Obus Clothing

SCRAPBOOK: Our ocean-inspired LOW TIDE print

The gorgeous LOW TIDE print is a special part of our BETWEEN WIND AND WATER Summer 2018 collection. It features cute sea creatures hand drawn by Kylie's (then) 5-year-old son, Orlo last summer! Read on to share a little of what inspired them both.

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Orlo got his sea legs early in life - he first slept on our boat when he was just three weeks old! Since then he's spent many a weekend and holiday on board with us anchoring at beaches along the east coast and even crossing over Bass Strait to Tasmania. 

For a big part of the year, the ocean is a second home for us: a family pastime that offers respite from the demands of inner-city life and running a small business! To step outside of life in Melbourne and experience new places is always a good way to find inspiration. I see the same creative sparks in Orlo when we are out in nature. The thing I admire the most is that he is not inhibited about anything he creates. For him, it's about telling a story, and getting his ideas out quickly. He's not precious or worried about the outcome - it's just magic.

Last summer the three of us (myself, my partner Simon, and Orlo) were lucky to be able to spend five weeks away together exploring the coastline around Wilsons Promontory and Port Albert. It's a long time to spend living on a boat, and certainly not without some scary moments, but overall it was such an amazing experience to be able to have so much time away from the city and in the wilderness together. Orlo became a prolific drawer over this time and drew many of the critters we saw each day. This journey also inspired the prints I created for BETWEEN WIND AND WATER - So it does feel like a very special collection for me personally!

LOW TIDE features Orlo's drawings of sea critters. He's watched the process of me designing prints so many times, and has enjoyed seeing his own work come to life in this way. I can't wait for him to see someone actually wearing his drawings... his eyes will totally pop!



See the LOW TIDE collection here, or enter our GIVEAWAY on Instagram or Facebook.
November 16, 2018 by Kylie Zerbst

NEW ARRIVALS: Three reasons to swim with us

Our 2018 swim collection is here, and it’s better than ever! Here’s why...

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Top priority for swimwear? Getting a perfect fit. So in addition to adjustable straps and removable cups, you can now mix and match our bikini tops, rashies and briefs to suit your body size. You asked, we delivered! Consult our body size guide and the garment measurements on each product to ensure you’re pairing the perfect pieces.
Sun safety and style are no longer mutually exclusive. In the sleek black FAIR WINDS print, or colour-popping MEMENTO print, these sunsafe swim shirts feature full-length sleeves and a high neckline, for the ultimate in sun coverage.

Like our previous swim collections, the polyester component of our swimwear is created from regenerated post-consumer waste such as carpets, clothing and fishing nets. Plus, the Lycra component - the part that gives your suit its stretch - is manufactured to ensure a long lifetime without getting saggy, so you can enjoy it for summers to come! Our swimwear is all made in Sydney too, part of our commitment to local manufacturing.
What are you waiting for? Dive on in ;)

November 13, 2018 by Obus Clothing

HOW IT'S MADE: Meet the makers behind our summer sandals

We’ve got a new shoe manufacturer in Dongguan, China, and we are pretty stoked with the quality of their workmanship and their workplace practices. Take a trip behind the scenes to meet our makers...

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Transitioning to a new footwear manufacturer - one who would offer a superior product and greater transparency in their production processes - took extensive research. But it is our new maker’s company ethos that drew us to working with them. They are wholly committed to making small run designer footwear that meets high ethical and environmental standards, with leather sourced from farmed animals and tanneries that have strict environmental controls.

(Top) Technician Jiang crafts all patterns by hand // (Middle) Colour sampling for our MEMENTO SLIDE // (Bottom) The view from our shoemaker's workshop over central Dongguan.

After impressive initial samples of our designs, it was time for me to hop on a plane to meet the makers, experience first hand their working conditions and see our shoes being made. Because we produce limited quantity of each shoe style, all shoes are made in this centrally-based workshop (check out that view!). 

While our summer sandals went into production, I was also there to observe Li (middle left) working on sampling our Winter 2019 boot designs.

A family business, director Carl (pictured below) took over the company from his father. It is clear that he has the highest respect for his team, providing them with fair remuneration and a safe, light-filled workspace that reminded me a lot of our own studio in Melbourne!
We’re sure that their decades of specialist craftmanship and their passion for investigating new ethical materials and processes means it will be a fruitful collaboration for years to come!

Carl with me, my partner Simon and my son Orlo before heading out for lunch!
November 08, 2018 by Kylie Zerbst